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18.6% Of Apps Collect User’s Address Book Data And 41% Track Location





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Today security company BitDefender published a report (via MobileEntertainment) that highlights the importance of adopting Apple’s data isolation policy in iOS 6.

Starting with the iOS 6 release this fall, apps that need access to personal data (reminders, photos, contacts, calendars etc.) will have to ask users to allow them use such data. However, according to BitDefender, now about 18.6% of 65,000 apps for iPhone that was included in the study can access data in a user’s address book, while 41% of them can track location. The company also revealed that only 57.7% of apps encrypt user’s personal data.


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Written by maxim

Thursday, July 19th, 2012. 19:42

Apple Wins Dispute Over iPhone5.com Domain



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This month Apple moved to take control of iPhone5.com that was used by domain squatter for a forum with lots of ads. The company filed a claim with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), who today is said to have granted its request. According to The Next Web, the squatter has ceded control of the domain that is now under control of the company called Corporation Service Company that can transfer the ownership to Apple.


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Thursday, May 17th, 2012. 19:12

Rare Earths Are Another Reason Apple Has To Manufacture Its Products In China



ipadMotherboard published a post (via iFixit) providing yet another reason why Apple manufactures its devices in China — rare earths. While noting that China’s lack of environmental regulations and cheap labor contribute to Apple’s choice, the report explained why use of rare earth elements may make it hard to shift manufacturing in other countries:


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Friday, April 20th, 2012. 12:55

Tim Cook Included In TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List 2012



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Time Magazine published its list of the 100 Most Influential People In The World that was compiled for this year, and Apple CEO Tim Cook included in the list alongside Salman Khan, Rihanna, Hilary Clinton and Tim Tebow. Walter Isaacson has been also included on the TIME's list thanks to the remarkable success of his book about Steve Jobs.


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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012. 22:03

Consumer Groups In 11 EU Countries Request Apple To Change AppleCare Policy



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In December last year AFP reported that Italian anti-trust regulators fined Apple $1.2 million for misleading commercial practices relating to AppleCare warranties. According to the decision of Italian competitor regulator, Apple’s AppleCare warranties have failed to inform consumers of a 2-year mandatory warranty required by EU law.


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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012. 0:16

Apple Seeded Second Developer Preview Of OS X With Several New Features



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Apple seeded its second preview version of the upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to developers. When introducing the new OS X operating system earlier this year, Apple noted the new version brings iOS functionality to the Mac. Among this popular iOS features are Notification Center, Messages, Game Center and AirPlay Mirroring. With the release of the new beta version, a few interesting features have been spotted.


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Apple And Five Other Mobile App Distributors Agree To New Privacy Policy Standards



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Today the California Attorney General's office announced that Google, Apple Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, Research In Motion and Microsoft have agreed to meet new requirements in notifying users of app’s privacy policy.


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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012. 13:47

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs did serve on White House council in '90s



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The U.S. Commerce Department has confirmed a FBI agent report who claiming that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs served on former President George H.W. Bush's Export Council during the 1990s. He was considered for appointment to the council in 1991.

The Export Council consists of unpaid members who meet a minimum of twice a year to advise the president on trade policy. Given that the Commerce Department said Jobs served during the first Bush administration, it would appear that he was on the council from 1991 to 1993.


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Sunday, February 12th, 2012. 23:11

App developers forced to submit Retina Display screenshots



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Yesterday Apple notified members of the company’s iOS Developer Program that they will be required to provide high-resolution, Retina Display compatible screenshots. The screenshots are required when initially submitting or updating an app through iTunes Connect.

The note sent out to third-party software developers says that any future updates will not be approved by Apple unless 960x640 pixel screenshot is included, a change from the company's earlier policy which supported Retina Display screenshots but did not require them.


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Sony Is Making Available Its Music Unlimited Service On iOS Devices



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iTunes had for a long time been the only marketplace for iOS-device owners as third-party storefronts was prohibited by Apple’s rules. Giving way to government regulators, Apple last year changed its policy related to third-party stores and allowed subscriptions. This opened the way for music apps from Shazam and Spotify that have recently appeared on the iOS platfrorm. Currently another major music service is going to compete with iTunes.

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iTunes had for a long time been the only marketplace for iOS-device owners as third-party storefronts was prohibited by Apple’s rules. Giving way to government regulators, Apple last year changed its policy related to third-party stores and allowed subscriptions. This opened the way for music apps from Shazam and Spotify that have recently appeared on the iOS platfrorm. Currently another major music service is going to compete with iTunes.


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Hidden Stanford archive houses largest collection of historical Apple materials



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In late 1990s, when Apple had some financial hardships the company elected to turn over its trove of materials to Stanford University's Silicon Valley Archives. Apple had been collecting the materials with the intention of forming its own company museum. The materials include "hundreds of box" requiring more than 600 feet of shelf space and has early photos of a young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, blueprints for the first Apple computer, user manuals, magazine ads, TV commercials, company t-shirts and drafts of Jobs' speeches.

The university hopes its efforts will ultimately help historians, entrepreneurs and policymakers understand how a startup launched in a Silicon Valley garage by two college dropouts grew into the world's largest company.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. 22:35

Dividend seen bringing $4B in additional investments to Apple



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Analyst Brian Marshall with International Strategy & Investment Group claims that apple may finally pay its shareholders dividends, despite the company’s long resistance. Most investors do not believe Apple will initiate a dividend policy in 2012, but if the company will, it may gain an additional $4 billion in investments.

At the moment the current Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is reorganizing the company, so he may probably make an effort to optimize capital structure and start paying dividends Apple’s shareholders. Brian Marshall believes that Apple could "easily" implement a dividend yield of 250 base points, amounting to about $2.40 per quarter.

Apple’s previous CEO, Steve Jobs, didn’t support the idea of dividend distribution and preferred to invest in strategic opportunities such as last year purchase of Siri (Apple paid about $200 million).

"We strongly believe one or more strategic opportunities will come along we're in a unique position to take advantage of," the late Apple CEO said in 2010. "We don't let the cash burn a hole in the pocket or make stupid acquisitions. We'd like to continue to keep our powder dry because we think there are one or more strategic opportunities in the future."




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011. 17:09

iPhone 4S preorders sell out in Hong Kong after 10 minutes



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The newest Apple’s iPhone 4S became available for preorders in Hong Kong last Friday and sold out almost immediately. As Brian White, analysts at Ticonderoga Securities, said, iPhone 4S preorders sold out in their first 10 minutes of availability.

"In our view, this is a very positive sign for iPhone 4S demand in Greater China has Hong Kong represents the first entry of the new smartphone in the rapidly growing region, and we expect the 4S to reach Mainland China in December," White said in a note to investors on Monday.

"We believe this rapid sell out will rest concerns surrounding the uptake of the iPhone 4S in the Greater China region that were driven by the limited language capability of Siri, which did not launch in Mandarin or Cantonese."

Although, the current version of Siri understands only English, French and German, Apple plans to start supporting additional languages in 2012, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian and Spanish.

A successful start of the iPhone 4S in Chine is good news for Apple. Of course, the nation of over a billion people is an important part of Apple’s international policy and growth.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011. 10:29

App Rentals Will Be Available On iTunes?



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According to some facts surfaced a day before Apple’s media event, apart from television shows and movies, you can also rent application for your iPod touch, iPad and iPhone on iTunes.


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Monday, October 3rd, 2011. 21:38

South Korea Сoerced Apple Into Changing Faulty iPhones Service Policy



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According to Bloomberg, South Korea is the first country worldwide that has convinced Apple to change its customer service policy on faulty iPhones. The country’s fair trade commission has persuaded Apple to replace defective iPhone with new models instead of refurbished devices, providing users report faults within one month after purchase.


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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011. 18:35

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